Microsoft and Amazon might be royalty, of sorts, when it comes to Seattle’s tech scene, but next week a real prince is coming to visit the city to discuss collaboration and innovation.
Prince Constantijn van Oranje of the Netherlands will lead a delegation to Seattle on June 21 and 22 to promote Dutch tech startups and accelerate the chance that those companies can connect with businesses in the Pacific Northwest.
The prince is a special envoy for StartupDelta, an organization that promotes the Dutch startup scene, and he also is a member of the EU High Level Group on Innovation advising the EU on how to generate breakthrough innovation.
The delegation will meet with executives at both Amazon and Microsoft, according to a news release from the Dutch consulate in San Francisco. And there are plans to launch a Dutch Startup Mentor Network in Seattle.
“With major tech companies and hundreds of startups around them, Seattle is the perfect landing spot for Dutch startups,” Gerbert Kunst, Consul General of the Netherlands in San Francisco, said in the release. “But startups sometimes need help. First, to see the benefits of launching from Seattle, and then to understand how to tap into the network and ongoing support Seattle offers. That’s why we’re here.”